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My Careers Story: Russell George

My Careers Story is a new series where a prominent Careers professional takes us on a journey through their history in careers education. They provide their key takeaways, providing some insight into where the future lays for them or Careers education in general. In the first piece in this series, we hear from Russell George.

The future of the Mock Interview

On Tuesday we published a piece urging you to go beyond the traditional approach to mock interviews and recruitment preparation for students. With more and more organisations making use of Artificial Intelligence to shortlist candidates, it is essential that people are exposed to these recruitment practices from an early stage. To learn a little more about how this can work in practice, we sat down with Mike Baker-Munton, Co-Founder and CEO of InterviewBot. Below Mike explores the theory behind providing young people with more interview practice and how technology can play a central role in levelling the playing field.

The end of the firm handshake?

I was standing in front of a mirror in an ill-fitting suit, repeatedly sticking my hand out while practicing, ‘hello, my name’s Michael I’m very pleased to meet you’. Back then I was a rather unconfident young man, floppy hair and pimpled. I was about to participate in my first and only ‘mock-interview’, to be held in the shadows of Chester Cathedral at the Northgate Street offices of Barclays Bank. I can still feel the pangs of anxiety as I rang the bell and waited for a George Banks type figure to open the door. The finals words of advice from my mother ringing loud in my head, like one of the nearby Cathedral bells…’remember to shake their hand, shake it firmly’.

For and Against: should ‘Careers Leader’ be an SLT position?

!22/11 UPDATE! The rules here are very simple, we take a statement and one person argues ‘For’ and the other ‘Against’. Who wins? Well, that’s for you to decide! There are a few ways in which to cast your vote, all of which you can find at the bottom of the page. In the first of the series, Mike Britland debates the statement ‘should careers leader be an SLT position’ with Careers education legend Janet College.

The Secret Careers Leader: invisibility

In the first piece in this series we hear from an anonymous Careers Leader who wants to share the current frustrations that they have in their role. If you would like to share a something about your role under the cover of anonymity then please email us at info@tfcareersnetwork.co.uk. All you will need to do is briefly outline what you want to say and one of our team will get in touch. In this week’s piece our Careers Leader is unsure on what they can do to get recognised and not just for the work they’re doing, but just people knowing who they are!

Occupational Maps: the best kept secret

In a brief preview and to lay some ground work to a forthcoming post from our Vocational education expert, Adam Cotgrave. We thought we would share with you what could be described as the best kept secret of vocational education pathways, Occupational Maps! All Apprenticeships and T Levels are based on occupations recognised by employers. Produced by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, the maps bring these occupations together to show where technical education can lead. There are 15 maps in total, one for each route. Simply, if there’s an apprenticeship available in something, it’ll be on a map.

The Sutton Trust – Careers Leader 2021 Survey

The social mobility charity, The Sutton Trust are looking to gather feedback on Careers education and guidance in schools and colleges. They have put together a really short survey for Careers Leaders to complete, a link to which you can find in the piece. The Sutton Trust champions social mobility through programmes, research and policy influence so this is a great opportunity to shape their work. Some of their current programme include pathways to medicine, law and consulting. They also run the fantastic Sutton Scholars and Teacher Champion programmes, details of which can be found in the piece. You may also like to read over some of their research and reports in the piece.

Do we still need the Careers Fayre?

On the whole students love a Careers Fayre! Where else can they replenish their termly worn pencil cases with triangular shaped highlighters and ball-point pens that are more than a little hit and miss when it comes to functionality? On their me. Outside of the stationery trinket collecting, what do students actually get out of the experience? And is there space and time in a Post-pandemic world for them?

Why Benchmark 3 could be the most important benchmark

The aim of any careers programme should be to create provision that is tailored to fit the needs of each individual student. It might not be possible to create a wholly bespoke programme but we should make it easier for each student to have a programme that feels as much about them as individuals as it does about their peers. If they don’t feel involved then they don’t have ownership – this is why getting benchmark 3 right might just be the key to the success to your whole strategy.

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